Professor Clive Siviour

Tutor in Engineering Science, Richard and Ester Lee Fellow in Engineering Science, Associate Professor of Engineering Science
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Teaching activities

I give tutorials in structures, mechanics and materials, and have lectured on the following topics:

1st year: Vectors and Matrices

2nd year: Dynamics of Machine

3rd year: Ceramics

4th year: Impact Engineering

More information about the course can be found on the department website

Research interests

My research investigates the behaviour of materials and structures when subjected to impact loading, for example in car crashes or when you drop your mobile phone! Most materials behave very differently when deformed at high speeds, and our research aims to measure this behaviour and understand the microscopic causes of rate dependence with a view to better design and use of materials for safety and sustainability. We perform research on a wide range of materials, including aerospace alloys (e.g. Titanium), polymers and natural materials, such as silk.


B Mortimer, SD Gordon, C Holland, CR Siviour, F Vollrath, and JFC Windmill. “The Speed of Sound in Silk: Linking Material Performance to Biological Function” Advanced Materials available online doi:10.1002/adma.201401027

MJ Kendall and CR Siviour “Rate dependence of poly(vinyl chloride), the effects of plasticizer and time–temperature superposition.” Proc. R. Soc. A (2014) 20140012. doi: 10.1098/rspa.2014.0012

MJ Kendall and CR Siviour “Experimentally simulating adiabatic conditions: Approximating high rate polymer behaviour using low rate experiments with temperature profiles” Polymer 54 (2013) 5058-5063 doi: 10.1016/j.polymer.2013.06.049

DR Drodge, B Mortimer, C Holland and CR Siviour "Ballistic Impact to access the high-rate behaviour of individual silk fibres", Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 60 (2012) 1710-1721, doi: 10.1016/j.jmps.2012.06.007

EJ Wielewski, CR Siviour and N Petrinic "On the Correlation between Macrozones and Twinning in Ti-6Al-4V at Very High Strain Rates" Scripta Materialia, 67 (2102) 229-232, doi: 10.1016/j.scriptamat.2012.04.026

A full list of publications can be found here or here